2 Things that make me forget I have UC

Probiotics help Ulcerative ColitisI feel incredibly blessed to feel SO WELL these days— completely normal and like my “old self”. And with little (1/2 a dose) and very safe medication to boot! No steroids or other meds with awful side-effects or visits to the hospital. Not even a SINGLE symptom at all!

I was diagnosed with UC (Ulcerative Colitis) a couple of years ago and it made my life much more difficult. I felt miserable and was afraid to go anywhere. Ugh. Anyone who has this autoimmune disease will know what I am talking about.

Not only do you suffer with the common symptoms associated with UC, though. Which are bad enough. Anytime you’re dealing with autoimmunity there is a host of “random” symptoms that can plague the sufferer too. Recurring fevers, joint pain, fatigue, flu-like symptoms etc. are all common.

But, pinch me!! I feel so fortunate that I found something that REALLY WORKS to help me feel so well with this disease.  It’s too good not to share with my dear readers and for you not to share with those you love. It’s just THAT good and easy!

While UC is chronic and here to stay, I stumbled across this simple regimen that in recent months has made me often forget I even have UC at all. Crazy, right!?! I feel that AMAZING.

The two things I do are… Continue reading

Plaid and the power of words

Power of words Power of words

Power of words
Above are my awkward attempts at taking a selfie, ha.

On my first day of highschool I wore plaid.

It seems like an odd thing to remember, right? I couldn’t tell you what I wore on the first day of any other school year. But because of what happened to me—or more specifically what was said to me—I remember my outfit from that day all this time later.

During lunchtime an upper class-man made a mean comment about my plaid shirt and my appearance. Silly really. What did it matter what this girl thought about my clothes or how I looked? But my 13 year-old self went home crushed from her unkind words and paranoid about my appearance.

Obviously I recovered from this little incident. I still wear plaid, as documented above ;). And over time, I’ve learned to Continue reading

Contentment: The key to a happy life

Contentment
Photo by the lovely Anabell Jimenez

I’m giddy to write this post, so I found a giddy picture to go with it, ha.

I am so excited to share this with you because, you guys, it applies to us ALL regardless of age, race, sex, education, nationality, status etc. And it hits close to home for me!

You see, this is something that turned my life right-side-up, after years and years of just barely getting by. Like totally transformed my way of thinking and as a result the way I experience life for the better. And, wow, I am so grateful.

I spent too many years looking to my circumstances and/or other people for happiness. Which, frankly, is a terrible way to live. Because how often do our circumstances or other people let us down? Pretty much on a daily basis. Right?!

During those years I allowed my circumstances and the behavior of others to Continue reading